Termites are a destructive and relentless insect that cause 5 billion in damages annually. Termites attack 5 million homes annually and St Louis has moderate to high termite pressures. Termites infest all types of homes and businesses. Slabs, basements, and crawl spaces are all vulnerable to attack. Brick homes and concrete structures are no exception.
Outside of treating your home proactively for termites, annual termite inspections are a homeowners best defense against avoiding costly damage repairs.
Unlike most insects, you won’t see termites crawling around your house so it’s not always apparent when you have an issue. Except when they swarm, termites stay hidden from view and do not like air and light. Undetected they can do thousands of dollars in damage before they are discovered. That’s why Antimite recommends routine termite inspections for your home. Antimite’s skilled termite treatment professionals know how and where termites hide and what signs they leave behind.
Subterranean termites construct mud tubes (also called shelter tubes) to protect them from their enemies and to keep their bodies moist. Mud tunnels can come up through expansion cracks in your garage between the concrete wall and the floor. They frequently come up along the front and back porch of the home and get into the wooden structural members from there. Sometimes the homeowner will see specks of mud in the drywall of their home. The termites are actually eating the cardboard on the drywall itself and sealing out the light with mud.
Mature subterranean termite colonies send reproductive termites called swarmers from the nest to start new colonies. These swarms usually occur in springtime. These swarmers resemble flying ants and are typically gone in a day or so. Unfortunately, it’s a case of out of sight out of mind for the homeowner. The swarms may be over for the year, but the worker termites are busy behind the scenes eating your wood and destroying your home.
Termites eat the wood from the inside out so damage is often hard to find. They feed along the grain of the softer spring growth of the wood. Mud tunnels are constructed when the termite workers break through the outer layer of the wood. Significant damage is an indication of an infestation that has gone undetected for several years.
Live termites can be found when homeowners remodel homes. Contractors tearing out drywall or removing wallpaper will often find these soft bodied, cream colored workers which are about the size of a grain of rice. Flooring installers also find them when replacing carpet or installing hardwood floors. Once exposed, the workers will quickly scatter and try to get back into the shelter tubes and back to the safety of the colony.
Antimite is proud to be selected by Dow AgroSciences as an Authorized Operator of The Sentricon Termite Colony Elimination System. The installation of Sentricon is homeowner friendly, in that it does not involve trenching or drilling. As a managed baiting system, a termite treatment technician will visit the home on a regular schedule to examine the system. Homeowners will receive reports after each visit showing the status of every station. Pricing is based on the linear footage around the home and must be bid by technician at the site. We provide free estimates with a complimentary termite inspection and verbal report. Ask your technician if your house qualifies for a Damage Protection Plan.
Antimite can also provide conventional termite control with treatment methods using Termidor. These residential and commercial termite treatments require drilling and treating all exterior slabs and garages as well as trenching and treating the exterior soil to provide a barrier of protection around your home.
Antimite will perform a visual whole house inspection for residential, multifamily and commercial properties. Written inspection reports for real estate transactions and home refinancing can also be provided for a small fee.